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Sussex Sports Awards

The 2020 Sussex Sports Awards is going VIRTUAL!

We may not be able to host the event in the usual glamourous way, but it’s more important than ever that we celebrate those making big contribution to lives across the county. So, between Monday 23 and Friday 27 November, the Sussex Sports Awards will be showcasing the great and the good of Sussex sport and physical activity on social media.

And on Friday 27 November, the winners of five very special awards will be revealed.

Follow @SxSportsAwards on Twitter for all of the latest updates.

The full Sussex Sports Awards 2020 shortlist of finalists 

Community Engagement Award

Cancer United
Active Hastings
Up-Grade Training & Therapy

Inclusion and Diversity Award

Active US
Crawley Rugby Club
Defiant Sports

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award 

Loretta Lock (Defiant Sport)
Peter Clare (Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School)
Mick Croft (Crowborough Athletic Football Club)

Sports Personality of the Year Award

Julia Machin (Athletics)
Georgia Langston (Baton Twirling)
Rueben-Junior Best (Dance)

Volunteer of the Year Award

Andy Lindley (Sands United Football Club Brighton & Hove)
Victoria Chessun-Lawrence (University of Sussex Netball)
Kurt Charnock (Brighton Triathlon Race Series)


Information about this year’s Awards

Community Engagement Award

This award will shine the spotlight on an exemplary organisation, project or initiative that has development through sport/physical activity at its heart. The winner should have a clearly identified audience and evidence how it has specifically targeted this audience. Over the last 12 months they will have shown adaptability to overcome challenges, innovation and/or embraced digital opportunities. They will be able to demonstrate how it has sustained or raised participation in sport/physical activity.


Inclusion & Diversity Award

This new award recognises a project or organisation which has tackled inequalities through sport and physical activity. It will have removed barriers and improved participant’s experience of sport/physical activity. It will have championed, inspired or empowered underrepresented groups, resulting in sustained or increased engagement over the past 12 months.


Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

Honouring a current paid or recently retired professional who has made a major impact on the world of sport in Sussex during their lifetime which may also include having worked in a voluntary capacity. Evidence will demonstrate that this person has been a key “mover and shaker” over the years, driving change and influencing policy. They will be well respected having mentored and supported colleagues over their career. Evidence will demonstrate the extent of the nominee’s contribution including their recent commitment and dedication. This person will not have received this award or the previously titled ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ before.


Sports Personality of the Year

This prestigious award will be given to the sportsman or woman who has displayed an outstanding level of achievement over the last year either as an individual or as part of a team and is competing at a consistently high level in their chosen sport. Supporting evidence must clearly specify their level of achievement and give an indication of where the nominee is ranked in their sport. Non-playing coaches or management are not eligible. Information on the person’s character and any additional activity such as coaching and being an ambassador will be taken into account.


Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year is unpaid. They are a volunteer who gives unconditional support to their sport or club, dedicating great time and effort, often ‘behind the scenes’. They may undertake one or several roles within an organisation and are crucial to the smooth running of that organisation. With devotion and professionalism, they do not seek reward but their efforts over the past year mean they are more than deserving of this accolade. Supporting evidence must make reference to the level of commitment given by this person in both quality and quantity, as well as demonstrating how they have adapted and innovated throughout the year.


For more information please contact:

Ed Bartram

Ed Bartram

Events Officer

Ed delivers the Sussex Sports Awards, School Games, Parallel Youth Games & Active Sussex Network meetings, Annual Partner Conference & AGM.